Virat Kohli, KL Rahul had nervous energy while defending the ball: Sachin Tendulkar

Former captain Sachin Tendulkar, while speaking exclusively to India Today, pointed out that Virat Kohli and KL Rahul looked under pressure during the chase against New Zealand.

India crashed out of the World Cup 2019 after their 18-run loss against New Zealand in the first semi-final in Manchester.

India got bowled out for 221 in 49.3 overs in pursuit of 240 after the match was forced into the reserve day following the rain interruption on Tuesday.

India had a horror start to their chase as the former champions were jolted by New Zealand pacers in the first 10 overs.

India lost their batting lynchpins Rohit Sharma (1), KL Rahul (1), Virat Kohli (1) cheaply inside the first 4 overs. Matt Henry and Trent Boult were running riot as the Manchester crowd, filled with a sea of blue, went quiet.

“It would be unfair to pinpoint Rohit, but someone like KL Rahul, who had batted brilliantly in the last match. I just felt there was that slight nervous energy while they were defending also. You could see that in Virat also somewhere. He was eventually trapped by the ball coming in,” said Sachin.

“If I have to notice something, the anxiety levels were high. There was pressure and in cricket, you will always be under pressure. Dhoni and Jadeja were going rather well but the pressure was there.”

“The strike rotation and running between the wickets with Jadeja was important. He is an experienced campaigner who knows when to push himself and save himself. The run out was for the team. It’s fine.”

 

Courtesy : India Today

 

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